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"Never Break The Chain": Patronage Meme

I received this very interesting email this morning:
          
 On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 5:15 AM, Colleen S <777.colleen.s@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi, Patty,
I tagged you for the Patronage Meme.  Here is the link to my post that contains the rules in the first couple paragraphs:  http://inadequatedisciple.blogspot.com/2011/08/patronage-meme.html

I hope this is a blessing to you. Preparing and writing it was a blessing to me.
Colleen @ inadequate disciple

I then went onto Colleen's site to get more of an understanding of this and how it all works; this is what I found:

Karinann of The Daughter of the King as well as Anne from Imprisoned in My Bones have tagged me for this very heavenly meme. Assuming you are a saint, and your cause has been executed, your miracles confirmed, your date on the calendar established, all that is required is to select that of which Holy Mother Church will name you Patron (ess). Here are the rules:
 *Name your patronage
*Give link to your nominator's post.
*Tag 5 other saintly bloggers
My first impression was that this was so similar to a chain letter. I remember receiving these in the mail as a young girl, and the premise was always the same: Don't break the chain or bad things will happen! So, I spent my morning walk in prayer over this interesting e-missive. What was God calling me to do with this? How do I address this request? Do I ignore it? How did this person find me? Why would she select me? What questions does it bring up for me about spirituality, faith, life and our calling?

The questions seemed to be the same I could ask God or God could have asked me. How would I address God's request? What if I ignore it? How did God find me? Why would he select me? These are questions someone might ask a Spiritual Director. Those who come to direction are those who wish to strengthen their relationship with God; one of the most difficult relationship we have in our lives. And why is that? God is invisible to us, we can not "touch" him, only see him, through the person of others, and because we are human what we sometimes show is not always so Godly. So, when someone comes to a spiritual director they are hoping that they will become aware of the God Moments in their lives, those times when God speaks through friends and family or even strangers; when God creates miracles in even in the simplest of events.


It was something that Ignatius understood very well: That those who came to study under him needed guidance to see God in the everyday and in others. He would ask them to examine their day to see where they serviced others in love and where they did not. He wanted them to look at their lives and situations and find what needs to be changed, and what to keep and strengthen. For me Ignatius was a very positive man, one who saw the goodness in people. For Ignatius the power of God was in everyone lives, that power to help them change, to become better, stronger in spirit and in love, that power was Grace. It is Grace, in all its gentleness that is the power of God. God is love, love is the most motivating emotion it like God sees goodness in his creation, in us! He called us Very Good!

1 Corinthians 13
The Excellence of Love

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Looking that passage I can not help but be taken by all the positive power of love:

patient
kind
not jealous
does not brag
is not arrogant....
These are all aspects of love that connect, that uplift, that encourage. It calls to us to uplift, encourage, to connect. I know of no other Saint that did than Saint Patrick. Like Saint Ignatius, Saint Patrick is a powerful positive man who took what life gave him and changed it so it would not turn him into a bitter man, but a man of God. Saint Patrick's wonderful prayer: The Breastplate of Christ, is one I try and say in the morning, in it is again how powerful Grace is, how positive, how certain it is that Christ protects and guides us forward. If you say that prayer there is not way you can be anything else but positive toward yourself and others!

Because of my own life and experience and the example of my patron saints I have taken to seeing the world, life, faith with great hope.

My five:
Marybeth Hicks Marybethhicks She has other commitments
Jean Wise Healthyspirituality
Heidi aka Momofmany Momofmany
Kimberly of Fertility Flower FertilityFlower
Helen Gonsalves Catholicseeking

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting Patty. I found you on Catholic Women Bloggers. You might enjoy some of the other posters on this meme as well. Karinann's and Anne's, and Mary's who nominated them were all very good as well as the comments on their posts. I didn't think of it as a chain letter, but as you did, what was God teaching me through this. I actually hit the delete button pretty quick on a chain letter. If it is a holy one I read it, but I don't pass those forward.

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  2. Patty, you have a beautiful blog! It's clear that you gave much thought to this MEME-glad you joined in! Your viewpoints are lovely!

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